Why Women are More Pious than Men?

It was puzzling for most of us to see that the hardliners of the last elections for the parliament were mostly backed by women. Those hardliners that made it explicitly clear in the past that they do not approve of women’s political rights. It is also more puzzling that when some voices rise against women discrimination in Islam, the first to roar against them are women themselves. Defending Islam and its role in preserving women dignity. Anyone who reads Shareea can see how Islam treats women as half citizens. It decrees to them a share of half their inheritance in comparison to their male siblings. Their testimony in courts are equal to half of that of a male. They have no right to disobey their husbands except when the husbands go astray from God’s ways. They are not allowed to leave their homes without their husband’s permission. Even then, there are certain places that they can go to and others that they can’t. They are not even allowed to open the door for their husband’s male friends, nor talk to them when the husbands are absent. Some traditions also forbid women assuming high posts in leadership or in jurisdiction. Men are allowed to beat their wives for reform purposes as long as they do not leave a mark on their bodies. Even the incentives in Hereafter are not equal when it comes to genders. Islam treats women as inferior beings, they are labeled as aowrah. In looking up the word in the dictionary, it says; “genital parts”. All parts of women are her genital parts, they are the main cause of the first sin; her body is aowrah, her voice is aowrah, even her name is aowrah. When a woman is raped, most probably it’s her fault for showing her ornaments in the first place.
Looking into Islamic history; it was the second Pledge of Alaqaba, where seventy-three men and two women converted to Islam that sparked the first expansion of Islam. The prophet of Islam knew the importance of women in manipulating the minds, even if they, themselves, did not assume high positions in their Simi-primitive societies.
There is an Arabic proverb that says:

الام مدرسه، اذا اعددتها اعددت شعبا طيب الاعراق

The translation (not literal): the mother is like a school, when well prepared; a whole nation of solid genuine race is produced.
Pay attention that the simile here is not only to a school, but also to a tree. The roots have to be well established, and deeply identified with the tribe. Women are the concrete bases, and Islam did not leave any door open for women to be independent citizens. Their limited roles in the society is not much different than Hindu castes, where each level of citizens has its proper position that should not be rebelled against, nor it is permitted for the citizens belonging to a lower caste to better their position even with higher education. This matter is explicitly sacred .
But why should women accept this? Or more importantly; why should they vigorously defend Islam to the point that some argue that women are the main causes of their own miseries?
This trait is not only found in Moslem women, most male dominated societies also exhibit the same phenomena. Again looking back in human history, we find that the most religious citizens were the poorest and the slaves.

What do these share in common with women?
Oppression.

The more oppressed are the citizens the more they exhibit religious tendencies. And the more religious is a woman, the more she believe in her inadequacy and self-worth compared to that of a man. This element which is clearly shown in religious women’s discriminative behavior towards their male and female offspring.
The poor, the slave and women were all subjected to unjust treatments, and their only salvation is through religion. Religion gives them a sense of identity, a sense of belonging to a tribe, and it dismisses the sense of estrangement that they feel. Religion also provides a sense of a wishful equality in Hereafter, the thing they are utterly missing in their unjust reality.

In his book “In the Presence of Mystery”, Michael Horace Barnes said:
“The importance of achieving a meaningful identity is most visible where it is most difficult. Most of us grow into our identities with a vague sense that we are what people are supposed to be like; but we all have some doubts, some problems with who we are. Many people live an even more socially and psychologically marginal existence. Living on the margins of society, as it were, they may look to the numinous powers for a sense of personal significance…the unusual cases demand our attention, but it is the everyday patterns that are most important. The set of beliefs we take for granted about our human identity have the strongest effect on us precisely because we do not tend to question them. Our ordinary beliefs about childhood and adulthood, male and female, what is natural and what is unnatural, are the beliefs that make us who we are. To repeat, throughout human history, religious traditions have been the respiratory and support of these patterns of identity”

Moslem women do not hesitate to enslave themselves behind heavy veils even during the hottest months of desert summer. They willingly accept the slavery to their husbands for the sake of pleasing Allah, and not disobeying His orders. And the prophet used this very intelligently; a great deal of Quran verses he recited when he settled in Medina, addressed women to insure their specific position in the society. More of those also appeared in his tradition. A set of moral codes of behavior of a good person, is provided to make women value their adherence to mainstream beliefs more important than their personal rights. Any diversion from those dogmas are considered an unforgivable sin. Women should be punished first by the society, and then Hereafter. No wonder they are the first to bury their own personal rights, and vote for religious figures who insure their injustice.